October 13, 2016
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Defeating the Self-Perpetuating “Truth”

On our team, we talk a lot about limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is anything that you hold to be true—whether that is the case or not—that you then base you actions upon, and often they preclude you from doing what you are capable of or need to do. There is a particularly sinister type of limiting belief that I’ve run up against recently that I’m going to talk about today: The self-perpetuating truth. The self-perpetuating truth is a belief that is only true because you believe it. Or to say it another way: if you didn’t believe it, it […]
March 14, 2016
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3 Lessons I Learned From a Mentor Just This Morning

This morning I sat at Frothy Monkey, a cozy little coffee shop in downtown Franklin, TN, and spoke with a man about 25 years my senior. Kent has a demeanor that I envy. He has a contentment and calm gentleness that I’d love to emulate. He is sincerely interested in who you are, and commands a genuineness that is rare these days. Interestingly, Kent is a highly successful businessman, despite not being the hard-edged shark that we like to envision. He’s enjoyed some good runs and also been humbled a time or two, and was gracious enough to sit with […]
January 25, 2016
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Getting team V Fit to fight (literally), the 30th Force Support Squadron offers a challenging boxing workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m. with boxing coach Don Green. For more information, call the Vandenberg Fitness Center at 606-3832. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina)

4 Ways to Combat the Comparison Trap Before it Kills Your Mindset

In my previous post, I talked about the dangers of the Comparison Trap. Comparing yourself, your circumstances or your accomplishments to other people robs you of gratitude, diminishes your perceived value and that of your actions, and places you in a victim mindset. I didn’t want to leave you hanging after delivering such a cautionary message. So here are a few strategies that we can use to combat this trap and continue taking powerful action from a sound mindset. Celebrate your own victories Take the time to celebrate your victories, however large or small. No, I may not accomplish the […]
January 20, 2016
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3 Questions to Leverage Small Change for Big Gain

  A couple years ago, when I first read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” a single paragraph—which was hardly the meat of Mr. Covey’s message—stuck with me. So much so, that it popped into my head again yesterday morning at random. The idea is simple, but profoundly practical. It is easily implemented immediately. Yesterday morning, our team applied it to each of our personal lives, as well as the habits and systems of our team, and I want to share it with you. Let me reiterate, this is not my brilliance on display here, but simply my paraphrasing of […]
January 18, 2016
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How to Learn From the Pros For FREE

I learn a lot by reading books and listening to podcasts. I love taking in information because I know that it’s the foundation of taking effective action. But I learn even more by consuming products that I want to create and observing my experience. When I receive an email from someone I admire like Michael Hyatt, I pay close attention: what time of day is it? What is the subject line? What is his call to action? What is his goal with this communication? And possibly the most important question: What are the subtle clues that prompt me to trust […]
December 14, 2015
Anyone attempting great things will encounter struggles, failure, mistakes. It is how we react and use those mistakes that can separate us and allow us to find success as a leader, entrepreneur, communicator, business person.

What Do You Do With Mistakes?

On Friday, I was heading out of town with my wife to go to a wedding in Florida with her family. In order to do this, I scheduled everything that I needed to happen so that it would happen automatically on Friday morning. My email went out to my subscribers, I had a couple tweets that went out, and a few other little to-do’s that I was able to make happen automatically. It all went off without a hitch. Well, except for one minor detail… my article didn’t publish. So I sent out an email and tweets and all these […]